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Businessman sues Adirondack environmental group for $2.1 million

An Adirondack businessman is suing the Adirondack Council, hoping to win more than 2 million dollars in damages. Leroy Douglas, from the town of Black Brook, claims that the green group intervened illegally in a state enforcement case involving his property. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

APA Board Rejects Lows Lake Waters Classification

The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners rejected a plan on Friday that would have classified the lakebed of Lows Lake as wilderness. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

With legal battle over, farmer seeks compensation for legal fees

A farmer in Essex County wants more than $200,000 in legal fees from the Adirondack Park Agency, following a lengthy court battle. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Sending a city's garbage up in flames

As municipal landfills were closed and capped back in the 1980s and 90s, communities across the US built big incinerators to get rid of the trash. Some, like St. Lawrence County, decided "no" for environmental and economic reasons. But many of the massive furnaces were built, financed by bonds and waste contracts just now being paid off. Now that those debts are off the books, some municipalities are having to think, all over again, about whether burning trash makes environmental and economic sense. Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

APA appoints new Executive Director

Adirondack North Country Association Director Terry deFranco Martino has been named the new Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Agency. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Big Tupper resort project heads back to APA

A lengthy and secretive attempt to resolve concerns about the impacts of a massive Tupper Lake resort project has come to an end with no agreement between the developer and the project's biggest critics. Michael Foxman, lead developer of the Adirondack Club and Resort, has reportedly ended closed-door mediation sessions with environmental groups and neighbors to the project. The mediation began in April of 2008 but only a handful of sessions took place. As Chris Knight reports, the project is now headed back to the Adirondack Park Agency for an adjudicatory hearing process that could be just as lengthy  Go to full article

APA approves Brandreth Lake housing plan

A key Adirondack Park Agency committee has approved plans for a large scale residential development on a remote Adirondack lake. The APA's Regulatory Programs Committee signed off yesterday on the Brandreth Lake Association's plan to build 44 homes on more than 400 acres at the northern end of the lake, located in Hamilton County. Environmental groups were divided over the project. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

APA proposes boathouse restrictions

The Adirondack Park Agency is proposing new restrictions on the size and height of boathouses in the park. But some local officials say the changes will result in "cookie-cutter" boathouses and will ruin the character of Adirondack lakes. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Jim Juczak (right) and some of the community at Woodhenge.
Jim Juczak (right) and some of the community at Woodhenge.

The beauty of scrounging

Jim Juczak and his family are proud of their Jefferson County home. And they don't mind if people say it's trashy. Most of it is made of junk. Juczak lives near Adams Center and runs Woodhenge, an off-grid community and sustainability school. He's one of the featured speakers at the Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton this weekend. Juczak is a lecturer, tinkerer, gardener, alternative energy do-it-yourself expert, and green builder. He spoke with Todd Moe about his 18-sided home made of wood and papercrete - a paper sludge from a local mill. He says 80 % of his home is made of salvaged materials.  Go to full article

Preview: Energy Fair in Canton

NCPR is media sponsor for the 14th annual Sustainable Energy Fair at the SUNY Canton Miller Campus Center this weekend. This year's fair includes more than 100 workshops and exhibitors, green home tours, environmental theater and more. Todd Moe talks with organizer Patricia Greene.  Go to full article

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